The cultural encyclopedia of the New Testament

Course Information
TitleΗ πολιτισμική εγκυκλοπαίδεια της Καινής Διαθήκης / The cultural encyclopedia of the New Testament
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorKyriakoula Papademetriou
Course ID600019677

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Pastoral and Social Theology (2013-today)

Registered students: 5
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesSpring-4

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to a) understand the social and cultural context of the New Testament times; b) recognize the processes of creating the gospel value code, c) critically approach the contribution of the New Testament to the evolution of Christian cultural values until now.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Content: With the help of social science tools, such as cultural anthropology, social psychology, and sociolinguistics, the social structures and cultural values of the people and societies of the New Testament, are examined. Useful scientific models are presented for understanding the main elements of status, behavior, and morality that were in force at that time and for understanding the interaction of these elements with the evangelical values proclaimed by the apostles. Along with the literary critique of the New Testament, with its historical and theological study, an additional hermeneutical dimension is offered, which lacks them, i.e., the cultural examination. Examples and application exercises are provided in New Testament texts for the consolidation of new knowledge. Teaching units: 1) Cultural reading of the New Testament: definitions and methods. 2) The perspective of the Mediterranean culture on the New Testament study. 3) Models of cultural anthropology and the New Testament world. 4) Pivotal principles: honor and shame. 5) The makeup of personality: individual and group 6) Perception of the use of material goods and financial management. 7) Envy and the evil eye. 8) Marriage and family relationships. 9) Sacred and profane. Clean and unclean. 10) Social organization and nets. 11) Human and nature: ecological relationships. 12) The theological view of the findings. 13) Presentation of studies and works of the relevant literature.
New Testament, Mediterranean culture, Christian culture, Hermeneutics
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Electronic supplementary material and exercises provided at the Moodle e-Education platform.
Educational use of the e-mail.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment301.2
Student Assessment
Written assignment (90%). Oral examination in the assignment (10%). Classroom participation.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Κ. Παπαδημητρίου, Τα Λεξιλόγια του αποστόλου Παύλου, Θεσσαλονίκη: Ostracon, 2017.
Additional bibliography for study
1. Σ. Αγουρίδη, Χριστιανισμός και Πολιτισμός, Αθήνα 1958. 2. Ι. Πέτρου, «Η Βίβλος ως ιερό και πολιτισμικό κείμενο. Κοινωνιολογική θεώρηση», Θείος Λόγος Λόγος Τέχνης, Διακείμενα 6 (2004), 13-22. 3. Θ. Ιωαννίδη, «Η Καινή Διαθήκη ως πολιτισμικό κείμενο (Σημεία βιβλικής και πολιτισμικής ανθρωπολογίας)», H διαχρονική αξία της Aγίας Γραφής. Πρακτικά 2ης Eπιστημονικής Συνάντησης Θεολόγων Γ΄ Δ/νσης Aθηνών, Δυτικής Aττικής (14 Mαρτίου 2006), Aθήνα 2007, 19-42. 4. Ι. Καραβιδοπούλου, «Πολιτισμική ανθρωπολογία και Αγία Γραφή», Δελτίο Βιβλικών Μελετών 26 (2008), 29-39. 5. MEEKS, WAYNE A., The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983. 6. PILCH, JOHN J. and MALINA, BRUCE J. (εκδ.), Biblical Social Values and Their Meanings: A Handbook. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson. 1993. 7. Malina, B. The New Testament World. Insights from Cultural Anthropology, Louisville-Centucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 32001.
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